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Barbara Love research files regarding Feminists Who Changed America

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00664

Scope and Contents

These papers consisit of files relating to Barbara Love's published directory: Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975(U. Illinois, 2006), edited by Barbara J. Love of the Pioneer Feminists Project in partnership with Veteran Feminists of America. The collection includes administrative files for the project, as well as the biographical files pertaining to the men and women considered for the directory.

Dates of Materials

  • 1999 - 2010

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Barbara J. Love is a feminist activist and writer. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Syracuse University in 1959, and her M.A. in psychology from the New School for Social Research. Love has worked as an editor, writer, and journalist. She joined the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1968 and, with Sydney Abbott, was at the center of efforts to persuade NOW to recognize lesbianism as a feminist issue. Love came out of the closet on NBC-TV news in the late 1970s. She has served on the board of the Veteran Feminists of America, and for eight years was a member of the National Gay Task Force. She was also a member of the Gay Liberation Front, and later of the Radicalesbians. She eventually broke off from Radicalesbians and founded CR Supergroup One, which inspired her and Sydney Abbott to co-author Sappho Was a Right On Woman (1971). Love is also the author of Foremost Women in Communications (1970). She co-founded Parents of Gays, later renamed Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Identity House, a counseling center for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals and their families; the Foundation for Matriarchy, and the Matriarchist newspaper. Love is also an accomplished competitive swimmer.

She also founded the Pioneer Feminist Project, which resulted in publication of Feminists Who Changed America (2006), the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders, including both well-known and grassroots organizers, of the Second Wave Women's Movement. It tells the stories of more than two-thousand individual women and a few notable men who helped reignite the Women's Movement and made permanent changes to entrenched customs and law.

Extent

20.813 linear feet (21 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Barbara J. Love is a feminist activist and writer. Among other projects she founded the Pioneer Feminist Project, which resulted in publication of Feminists Who Changed America (2006), the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders, including both well-known and grassroots organizers of the Second Wave Women's Movement.The collection includes administrative files for the project, as well as the biographical files pertaining to the men and women considered for the directory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Barbara J. Love, 2010.

Related Materials

Veteran Feminists of America Web site: http://www.vfa.us/

Title
Finding aid to Barbara J. Love research files regarding Feminists Who Changed America
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Date
2019-06-20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-06-20: Finding aid updated to current standards and published

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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